character development, technical design, and scriptwriting
In Middle School, students build a well-rounded theatrical foundation, focusing on collaboration and teamwork, script analysis and character development, acting technique, improvisation, technical design, and scriptwriting. In 5th grade, students create filmed performances of published monologues. In 6th grade, they work in production teams to create short silent movies. In 7th grade, students write original monologues based on interviews with SCH faculty and staff. They share these monologues in live performance. Students in 7th and 8th grade may also elect to participate in Middle School Drama, one of the first coeducational activities for boys and girls. In this activity, students are able to further develop their skills in the various aspects of theatre and gain firsthand experience in mounting a full theatrical production. Students have the opportunity to participate either as actors or as stage crew. Crew activities include set and scenic, props, costumes, lighting, sound, publicity, and dramaturgy. Students may also apply for a leadership position as stage manager or technical director.